2 chances this weekend to be offended by somebody other than our boy Joey

Our boy Joey needs a break.

Between non PC humor and MFers dying, it should be clear that we’re heaping way too much stress on him during his vacation.

Really, folks, we all need to find someone else to complain about — and we need someone else’s sarcasm to soar right over our heads while we’re complaining.

Inge Berge to the rescue.  According to The Noise magazine, Inge’s music is “Odd, adventurous and compelling.”

Plus you get the added value that Inge’s sarcastic wit is wrapped in catchy pop tunes you’ll be singing all weekend.  Just don’t sing the lyrics to your mother-in-law.

You’ve got two chances to see Inge this weekend (tomorrow @ Dog Bar and Sunday @ Rhumb Line)  See this weekend’s complete live music schedule here.

The best way to get your fill of sarcasm+bitching-about-sarcasm is to request some of Inge’s most witty and sarcastic songs and then complain about how you’re offended by them.  Here are a few choice examples:

More Inge Berge videos here, including an inside look at the making of Shit Under Your Shoes.



  • Well, I wouldn’t have used the word “odd” above—not at all—but I would have used “adventurous” and “compelling” to describe Inge’s lyrics. And “diverse” and “eclectic” to describe his music. Do come out and hear Inge Berge if you haven’t heard his music before: if categorizable, I’d put it squarely in the pop/rock/alternative/indie category. I’d also agree with “sarcastic wit”; his lyrics are indeed inventive, that’s for sure. Personally, I don’t care for the “F*%k Me Baby” tune—not because it’s offensive, not at all; I’m just not really crazy about techno, but it does demonstrate how far Inge’s style reaches from one end to the other of the pop/indie music spectrum (speaking of stretches, check out the “Prison Nation” video above, a reggae tune with a bit of Cuban brass thrown in for fun, with some footage—ironically enough—filmed in Rockport). I have most of Inge’s music—including his recent album, Søvn [Sleep], which is an entirely different sound world; a musical meditation—and I like it. And the video “Sh*t Under Your Shoes” is a great diversion, plus you get the added bonus of a tour of the Inge-cave. Some originals by Mr. Berge at the top of my playlist are “One True Thing” and “Hymn” (from his album 10 TRUE THINGS…), “Africa” (from FRAGMENTS…), and “Goodbye America” and “Home” (from THE ZEROSUM), the latter of which is reminiscent of the soundtrack to Twin Peaks. He also delivers spot-on versions of covers too, including tunes by Pink Floyd and David Bowie, and one of my personal favorites, “Hallelujah” by the incomparable Leonard Cohen. Go and listen. Really listen. You won’t be disappointed.
    —Julie Cleveland, Owner/Instructor, Cape Ann Piano Studio, Gloucester, MA


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